There is little that makes me feel more level and more in control than having a plan on paper that I can follow along with. After my post yesterday I made up my schedule and took it home and posted it on the fridge. I’m a total dork but I like checking things off, seeing lots of marked off squares in a row! It makes me feel accomplished and it fosters some dedication. In truth it’s probably a little silly because that sheet of paper all marked off at the end of the month will just go in the recycle bin, but I’ll take whatever little motivators I can get!
I did hit the gym this morning as planned. I expected mental resistance when the alarm went off at 4:30, but since it’s what the plan is, I got out of bed relatively easily. I suspect that won’t happen every day. I did a treadmill jog, 5.0 speed and 1.0% incline. A little easier than road (treadmill road equivilant is 1.5% incline) but a bit harder than what I was doing earlier in the month. Squats still suck a bit and when I left off at the beginning of May I was squatting 95 pounds, now 60 is a bit of a struggle. I’m told that is because a squat isn’t only in your thighs, there’s also a lot of contribution from your lower back and hips (my problem area). I’ll get there though, Friday when I rotate back to this work out I should be able to get 65-70 pounds on. Everything else (seated rows, step ups, pushups) on that workout I’m back to my ending weight with so that makes me happy. I have subbed in plank for the ab portion of the program though, plank is The Best Core Movement there is and so I’m going to stick with that for awhile. I’d rather tighten up my core than worry about “shaping” my waistline. 😉
Tomorrow is a second gym day and I’m curious how this is going to work. I’ve never done this program on back to back days and have definitely not worked out on back to back days since my hiatus. I might have to switch to M,W,F instead of T,W,F. Which sort of sucks because timewise I would be forced to get ready for work at the gym on Monday. We’ll see, I’d really rather make T,W,F work.
Tonight after work I have to run to the drug store for a birthday card and then dart down to Running Room to get the balance of Ray’s b’day present and then zip home and make fajitas for dinner. All before 6pm. Riiiight. Traffic will be totally fine, right? LOL! I’m told that we’re assembling the wagon tonight, too and I’m kind of excited! It got its third coat of paint last night and once it’s put together we’ll bring it in the house and stick it in the furnace room for awhile so that the paint cures and then Ray will spray the whole thing with clear coat. I was going to pinstripe the sides of it but I’ve had to rethink that since I have no artistic ability whatsoever. Plus, I probably shouldn’t make the wagon so nice that it gets stolen out of our yard! 😉
Anyway, I realize it’s only been one day into my Adapt or Die Plan however I feel more like myself than I have in awhile and that is very valuable!
Just starting a fresh month with a plan is such a good feeling. And when you see all those checkmarks at the end of the month, you’re going to be so proud of yourself, and rightuflly so! Keep on with the good work, my friend.
I’ve found my new mantra: “It’s what the plan is” 😉